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GREENSBORO — The Say Yes Guilford education group got a big financial boost Wednesday when it was announced that the John M. Belk Foundation will donate $5.5 million.
The foundation announced the grant at the Greensboro Partnership's State of Our Community luncheon.
Say Yes is a national effort to provide college scholarships to graduates of public high schools. Say Yes Guilford became the third community chapter last September.
Students who graduated from Guilford County high schools in June and entered college this fall became the first local Say Yes scholarship recipients.
The Belk donation brings the total of funds raised and committed for Say Yes Guilford to $41 million toward its initial endowment goal of $70 million.
For students attending a public university or community college in North Carolina, Say Yes pays a portion of their college tuition.
Students going to private universities that are partners with Say Yes get a slightly different deal. Those schools will waive tuition for students from families who make less than $75,000 a year. Students from wealthier families will get Say Yes scholarships of up to $5,000 per year.
The Greensboro Partnership is the city's key economic development and business group, but the luncheon focused on education as a path toward business growth.
To that end, James B. Dudley High School received the Hubert B. Humphrey Jr. School Improvement Fund Award for offering Saturday classes to help students improve test scores.
Schools were considered based on 10 criteria, including progress from the beginning to the end of the school year, end-of-grade testing, graduation rates, parent and community involvement as well as closing the achievement gap.
The $10,000 gift, in honor of Humphrey, a former member of the N.C. House and Senate and trustee of Wake Forest University and UNC-Greensboro, will help Principal Rodney Wilds offer classes that had been suspended for lack of money.
Brent Christensen, chief executive officer and president of the Greensboro Partnership, made a surprise announcement as he closed the meeting. Effective immediately, the Partnership will return to its earlier name, the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, which he said promotes instant recognition of the group's purpose "in a world of ever-shrinking attention spans."
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